As part of its reflections on the post-2015 development framework, HLCP also considered efforts underway to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs by the 2015 target date. Ms. Simona Petrova, Director of the CEB Secretariat, recalled that CEB, at its second regular session of 2012, decided to review MDG implementation at each forthcoming CEB session through 2015, under the leadership of the World Bank and UNDP, in order to identify and address challenges and bottlenecks in achieving results on the ground. The initiative, while not a resource mobilization exercise, aimed at achieving better country-level results through greater collaboration and cooperation among key MDG implementers. The first such review would be held at the first regular session of CEB for 2013 in Madrid.
Representatives of the World Bank and UNDP provided additional details on the preparations for the CEB review. They emphasized that the CEB initiative would build on and support existing mechanisms such as the UNDG MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF). The initiative sought to identify implementation gaps and challenges where the UN system could enhance leadership and coordination, explore specific options and solutions for more collaboration, and advance joint action for greater impact on the ground. The initiative was also a learning and stocktaking exercise through which additional support both by CEB members as well as other stakeholders and partners would be identified, with a view to strengthen collaboration and transcend institutional silos.
The initial set of review countries was selected on the basis of their MAF implementation status. At the first meeting in April, the countries confirmed for participation were Ghana, Niger and Tanzania. The MDG acceleration plans for Niger and Tanzania focused on hunger and poverty, while that for Ghana focused on maternal mortality. UN Resident Coordinators and World Bank Country Directors were leading the process in these countries.
HLCP welcomed the initiative and emphasized the need for action that effected long-term change at country level. Noting that the 1000 days milestone towards MDG achievement would be marked on 5 April 2013, the initiative signaled the UN system’s resolve and commitment to step up its own efforts towards reaching the MDGs by 2015. By acquiring a clear understanding of the gaps and bottlenecks impeding MDG implementation, the UN system would gain better insights into specific solutions for more effective collaboration and partnerships that could also inform the post-2015 development agenda.